Access to Property Rights

Access to Property Rights: Integrating Indigenous Communities into the Federal Scheme – International experiences

A large number of the world’s Indigenous peoples live in sub-standard conditions and many have lost hope that economic reform programs can bring improvement to their lives . The academic world has long offered a multi-faceted explanation for this phenomenon including such elements as: a lack of leadership, lack of education and lack of entrepreneurship. Some authors have attributed this state of affairs to an incompatibility between cultures and the market based economy.

Today, there is not much evidence to support these assumptions. Recent experience has shown that First Nations’ lands can generate economic activity similar to that generated on non-First Nations lands. In light of this, why is there such a gap? What if the key to understanding the causality chain was hidden within some of the most basic principles of the economic cycle?

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